Volvo Cars launches cooperation with Audyssey Labs
Volvo Car Corporation is launching a cooperative venture with American audio specialists Audyssey Labs in the development of next-generation of audio systems for its Volvo vehicles.
Volvo Cars develops its own audio systems and components to be at the forefront of sound quality. The company's top-of-the-line system, Premium Sound, was developed with very high demands on sound quality through the use of advanced technology.
"We have opted to work together with the very best in the audio industry, companies such as Dolby, Dynaudio and Alpine," says Lex Kerssemakers, Senior Vice President Brand, Business & Product Strategy.
Added to this impressive list of partners is Audyssey Labs, which has developed a unique technology, MultEQ, to compensate for the listening room's negative effect on sound reproduction.
"In any listening environment, room size, speaker placement, furniture, materials and surfaces absorb and reflect sound causing distortion which degrades the listening experience", says Chris Kyriakakis, Chief Technology Officer at Audyssey Labs and Audio Engineering Professor at the Univerisity of Southern California. "MultEQ was developed through many years of research to remove the problems of sound distortion in a way that everyone in the listening environment will enjoy smooth tonal balance, clear and concise imaging and soundstage, and an optimal sense of envelopment. We are proud to partner with Volvo to bring our technology to their audio systems."
Volvo Cars will now work with Audyssey Labs to utilize MultEQ to optimize the listening experience of the interiors of Volvo models.
"This will be the first time Audyssey's unique technology is utilized throughout the entire development process of the audio system in a vehicle and we are naturally very proud that it is Volvo which leads the way. It is yet more evidence of our high ambition in the audio field," says Kerssemakers.
With MultEQ, Volvo vehicle occupants get a far more balanced and spacious sound experience by overcoming the limitations presented by the challenges of speaker placement and surface angles inherent in vehicle interiors. Within a couple of years, the next-generation audio system from Volvo Cars will find its way into production.
Volvo Cars of Canada Corp. is part of the Volvo Car Corporation of Göteborg, Sweden. The company provides marketing, sales, parts, service, technology and training support to the 42 Volvo automobile retailers across the country. The company's product range includes the stylish and sporty C30, the elegant C70 hardtop convertible, the compact S40 sedan, the S60 sport sedan, the S80 flagship sedan and the versatile V50 and V70 wagon. For customers looking for a Volvo vehicle with all-road capability, the company offers the versatile XC70 and XC90. Volvo Canada is also expanding its line-up with the introduction of the new XC60, a crossover with the award-winning City Safety system on the standard equipment list.
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